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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Senior Citation Awards

Katelyn Drake '10 and Charlotte Green '11

Senior Citations are some of the most prestigious awards awarded to Bates College Graduates. In the history of the program only 6 women swimmers have been awarded a senior citation previously!

Coach Peter Casares comments on two of his swimmers being recognized... "I have such great pride in the fact I worked with such great athletes my first four years here at Bates. The two women recognized below came to Bates hoping to better themselves - and along the way they not only did that, but also made the program better. There aren't many swimming Senior Citations winners here at Bates, and having back years speaks volumes about the type of leadership we had here each day. We will continue to work hard to honor their dedication and commitment to the program for years to come."


Katelyn Drake arrived at Bates in the fall of 2006 ready to play just field hockey and lacrosse for the Bobcats. But a member of the swimming and diving team noticed her during an open swim shift at Tarbell Pool, recounted head coach Peter Casares, and the rest was history. “Four years later, she wraps up her NESCAC swimming career as the most accomplished athlete on deck - in the best swimming conference in the country," he said.

Casares was referring to the final honor Drake gained in her standout swimming career at Bates: after the 2010 NESCAC Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, she was named the conference's Four-Year High Point Swimmer, following one second and two fourth place individual finishes. The award goes to the senior who scored the most points over four years of NESCAC Championship competition.

Drake also picked up her fourth All-NESCAC honors (rewarded to the top three finishers in each event final) for placing second in the 50-yard backstroke in a time of 27.56 seconds. In that race, she broke the previous Bates record for the 50-yard backstroke that she herself set in 2008. In fact, not including the many times she reset her own Bates record, Drake claimed three Bates backstroke records and was a part of four team relay records as well. She finished second on Bates’ all-time points list, behind only Vanessa Williamson '05.

As a rookie, Drake broke her first school record, in the 200-yard backstroke, and earned her first All-NESCAC award in the same event. Drake served as a team captain for the next three years, qualifying for the NCAA Championships as a sophomore and junior. She finished 14th in the 200 back for her first NCAA All-America honor at the 2008 NCAAs, then won a second All-America laurel in 2009 in the 100 back with a 15th-place showing, after qualifying for nationals in three events, including the 200 individual medley.

Carrying a double major in economics and sociology, Drake was a model student as well, earning three Academic All-America plaudits as well as four NESCAC All-Academic honors. She was inducted into the Bates Scholar-Athlete Society’s Class of 2010.


Setting 17 Bates records, 14 NCAA consideration performances and being named All-NESCAC and national swimmer of the week, Charlotte left her mark as one of Bates’ all-time greatest swimmers, and very possibly the program’s greatest sprinter. In her 1st year alone, she set or was a part of breaking 5 school records. Individually she set the 50- and 100-yd freestyle school records and was instrumental in setting the record in the 200-, 400- and 800-yd freestyle relays. As a sophomore, Charlotte lowered her record times in the 50 and 100 freestyle and set the record in the 200 freestyle. Charlotte made NCAA B cuts in three relays and three individual events, and earned All-NESCAC recognition in the 50 freestyle. In February of 2009, she was named national swimmer of the week by

Charlotte spent the fall semester of her junior year abroad in Scotland, where she continued her swimming and helped establish a Scottish national record in the 200 medley relay before returning to Bates to lead the Bobcats to their best finish in 7 years at the NESCAC Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship. Last year Charlotte led her team to match its best NESCAC finish ever, at fifth place and she tied the school record in the 50 free and set the record in the 200 free. She was also a part of four school relay records: the 200 free, 200 medley, 800 free and 400 free. Charlotte was also an Academic All-American all 4 years, graduated with honors in English, and was inducted into the Bates Scholar-Athlete Society. Lastly,Charlotte was also named the Female winner of the Senior Sportsmanship Award last year. The Senior Sportsmanship Awards is annually presented to one man and one woman in the senior class, who through their actions have consistently demonstrated the ideals of sportsmanship.


Anonymous said...

Those were some great NESCACS to watch and will never forget the training wheels coming off in the 100 at Nats!
You da man coach Pete! Congrats to KED and the Green Streak!
- DrakeDaddy

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